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2013 Aimes Awards Now Open

Search for our young people achieving excellence under way for 18th year

Once again the North Harbour Club’s annual quest for young excellence has begun with the launch of this year’s North Harbour Club AIMES Awards at the Bruce Mason Centre on Thursday 30th May. This is such an exciting time of year for us as we look forward to being blown away by another group of applicants!

These prestigious and hotly contested awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of young people from our region and provide them with not only recognition of their success, but also a significant helping hand to the next stage of their promising careers.
Last year’s AIMES Award winners received a share of over $110,000 which brought the total funds distributed by the North Harbour Club since the awards began in 1995 to $1.4 million. Winners have included many names that will be familiar to you, including last year’s winner – Lydia Ko.
The awards are presented in six categories: The Arts; IT, Innovation and Science; Music; Education; Sport; and Service to the Community. In addition, the BellinghamWallace Emerging Talent Awards are presented to young people with considerable promise in any of the award categories and are selected as part of the AIMES process. Many of our Emerging Talent winners go on to become AIMES Awards winners in later years, Lydia was a great example of this.
North Harbour Club President Matthew Bellingham says: “The North Harbour Club’s awards are all about giving recognition to the extraordinary young people that live in our community. They not only recognise the remarkable talent of the recipients, but also acknowledge the phenomenal determination and hard work that has made them stand out in their chosen field. It gives us enormous pleasure to reward their outstanding efforts and to help them towards their brilliant futures. We take great pride in our connection with our winners and thoroughly enjoy following their careers and keeping in touch with them.”
Applicants for the AIMES Awards are shortlisted and must impress a panel of (friendly!) judges appointed by the Trustees of the North Harbour Club. Now well established, these awards are keenly sought-after, with around 90 applications being received each year. The Judges always remark on the difficulty in narrowing the final field down which of course is a challenging but enjoyable task.
“It’s such a privilege to get to know these applicants, they are all so dedicated to what they are doing and many often display excellence in more than one area," says Simon Lamb, Chair of the Judging Panel. "They are an absolute credit to our region and their families.”
The annual AIMES Awards will be announced and presented to the winners at the Club's annual spectacular black-tie dinner held on Saturday 9th November at the Bruce Mason Centre.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for a North Harbour Club AIMES Award in 2013, applicants must:

  • Be aged between 13-25 years as at Friday 2nd August 2013.
  • Have lived in the North Harbour region and/or can demonstrate a strong affiliation with the North Harbour region for a period of not less than two calendar years.
  • Be able to demonstrate the achievement of excellence in their chosen field

Applications process
Applications for the 2013 North Harbour Club AIMES Awards close on August 2nd at 5pm. Applications can be made on-line at where you will also find further information on the awards and some of our previous recipients.

by Catherine Lamb